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September 2019



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Double Drabble: Attitudes

Title: Attitudes
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 517: Narrow at tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Jack misses the open-mindedness of his own time.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble.

Compared to his own time, three thousand or so years in the future, the people of earth are so narrow-minded it’s almost impossible to imagine that some day in the not too distant future they’ll open their eyes and their hearts, leave much of their intolerance and prejudice behind them, and learn to love each other.

Jack misses the lack of discrimination he grew up with, where as long as all parties were past the age on consent relationships were uncensored and everyone was free to love who they loved, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, skin colour, or even species.

Right now, in 21st century Cardiff, there are still people who try to impose their narrow view of right and wrong on everyone they meet. He and Ianto were once refused service in a restaurant thanks to a homophobic waiter. They’ve been sworn at, spat on, and late one night even attacked by a couple of drunken thugs who’d woken the following morning locked in Torchwood’s cells, right across from Janet. They’d soon changed their tune.

Tonight Jack’s taking Ianto on another date, hoping this time they can avoid any unpleasantness; attitudes change slowly, but in time change will come.

The End


I love the fact that Jack is still trying, in spite of their former problems. Of course, Ianto deserves that.
He's doing the best he can, but he and Ianto will see the changes happen as the years pass.

Thank you!
So much hatred still. However, there has been much progress aince was young. So there is hope. Jack and Ianto have an appeal to so many
There's been a lot of progress since I was young too, but there needs to be more. Doubt I'll live to see it, change happens so slowly.

Thank you!
I love Jack in love with Ianto and wanting a more open-minded, non-judgemental world for them both. It is far too easy for viewers and fans alike to dismiss Jack Harkness as a shallow, flirt that would shag anything that breathes as well as plenty of things (and beings) that don't. But Jack is, was and will be so much more. Despite the tragedy of losing his younger brother, the death of his father, a mother that appeared to have blamed him (in spite Jack being little more than a child himself), the betrayal of the Time Agency, the abandonment by the Doctor, the disdain of the Doctor, the indifference of the Doctor, the reality of facing an unending future where he would be forced to watch those he cared for - friends, colleagues, family, acquaintances, lovers - die, whither, killed, murdered, sacrificed -- that Jack remains a good man, great person, someone wanting to do good, be force for a better world/universe is a wonder. One might even say a miracle. That he missed/misses the easy, open-minded, open-arms of the future he was born into is sweet, heartwrenching, bittersweet. I heartily embrace your mantra of Ianto becomes immortal alongside Jack and they face the endless future together. A happy side note to that is Jack being able to show his Ianto the time he was born into and they can enjoy it together. Thank you for this.
Thank you! *hugs*

Jack is a far deeper character than some people give him credit for. He cares deeply, and when he loves, he loves with all he's got. But he does't discriminate, he'll protect whoever needs protecting, human or alien, and always stands up for what's right.

One day he'll show Ianto the wonders of the universe.

I hope they get to have a date night free of negative attitiudes. It's hard enough just making it to date night without some idiot coming along and ruining it.

Jack has arranged everything carefully, it will be one of their better dates.]

Thank you.